Liz Waugh

Liz Waugh

Areas of specialty

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Neuropsychology (traumatic brain injury, dementia etc)
  • Neurodevelopmental assessments
  • Pain and health psychology
  • Eating and other problem behaviours (gambling, internet, pornography, etc)
  • Trauma and adjustment
  • Professional supervision

Academic Qualifications

BA (University of Canterbury)
MA Hons (1st Class) (University of Canterbury)
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (University of Canterbury)

Professional Qualification

I am registered with the NZ Psychologists Board in the Clinical Scope of Practice

Professional Affiliations

Full member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists

Experience and current work environments

Within my private practice I enjoy working with a range of clients and my training and experience allow me to assess and treat a variety of presenting problems. In addition to working with private individuals via self or GP referrals, I currently provide services to ACC (Neuropsychology, Sensitive Claims, and Psychological Services), Explore Specialist Advice, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, the Department of Corrections, private insurance companies, lawyers, and other agencies.

I am committed to the science-practitioner approach, using research to inform my practice, and ensure I follow best practice guidelines to get the best outcome for my clients. I continue to attend relevant training opportunities to ensure I keep abreast of new research and developments.

I left my position as Clinic Director, Psychology Centre, University of Canterbury in 2018 to move into private practice full time. Within the Clinic Director role I was responsible for teaching Clinical Psychology to post graduate students, with a particular focus on neuropsychology.

Prior to my university role I have worked in the areas of health psychology, including pain and injury rehabilitation; within adolescent mental health; and for the Department of Corrections, where I began my psychology career in 1997.

Approach to the work

My main therapeutic approach is cognitive behavioural, in the broadest sense, which means I incorporate a number of models and approaches which explore thinking, feeling and behaviour.

I like to work with my clients to find an approach that ‘fits’ with them, to ensure the best possible outcome. I am very passionate about the field of psychology, and believe it is a great privilege to work alongside my clients to find ways forward through the challenges they are facing.

I am happy to work with individuals and their whanau, family and significant others as requested. I am committed to working in a culturally appropriate manner, and seek advice and supervision to facilitate this. I have a fantastic bicultural supervisor who assists me in my mahi with tangata whenua.